Don't end up living in the wrong suburb - You'll regret it forever
First things first – I love Perth. When I moved here almost 10 years ago it was by choice and not once have I regretted it. Perth offers one of the highest standards of living anywhere in the world, with its incredible beaches and beautiful inner city and the amazing surroundings in the Perth hills. It is an amazing and rare compromise of a city – Nature and a typical city lifestyle both coexist in a matter that only few other cities can offer (and none of them get as much sun as Perth does, so there’s that).
Nevertheless, Perth is not the same everywhere. Some suburbs offer different benefits than others, benefits that could eventually decide whether or not you will enjoy your new life there. Having built all around Perth already, I have a great idea of the best suburbs around – From a perspective of amenities, living standards, public transport and investment – in an affordable price range. So if you’re looking for that one sweet spot in Perth that’s worth your money – continue on soldier :).
North or South?
The first question anyone looking for land in Perth must ask themselve is simple: On which side of the Swan River do I want to build? Both sides offer both affordable and expensive suburbs and both have their unique advantages. And the end your answer mostly comes down to the questions of practicabiity:
- Where to do you have to commute every day?
- On which side of the river are your friends & family?
- Is there any particular area that you enjoy and want to be able to go to easily?
Obviously I can’t answer these questions for you, but it is very important that you do, prior to looking for land! The market for land in Perth is huge and there’s plenty of offers to go around. It therefore really helps if you’ve managed to get it down to either one of the two to make for easier comparisons of offers. Let’s start with my 3 favorite suburbs North of the river.
I get a lot of enquiries about house & land packages with the following criteria:
- North of the river
- Not too far inland (somewhat close to the beach)
- Not as far as Alkimos
- Somewhat affordable to build a house for a family around $500k
If you have similar expectations and want to live amongst new houses in a new estate then Clarkson is often the way to go – making it very popular. The train line and freeway extension is now reaching Clarkson giving it’s residents the benefit of the growth of the northern coastal corridor.
Joondalup and it’s established ammenities are close and with future job growth it’s expected to become the future CBD of the northern corridor. On top of that you have current and future attractions such as the Mindarie Marina and Ocean Reef Marina.
The largest new estate in Clarkson is the master planned Community of Catalina. You will have the choice of lots located beach-side and non-beach side of Marmion – giving not only potential ocean views but bushland walks, shops, medical facilities and parks with picnic areas for everyone.
Best of All Worlds
Potential Ocean Views
New Train Line and Freeway Extension
Nestled between Padbury, Beldon and Kallaroo towards the beach, Craigie is one of the fastest selling suburbs in WA. The main reason are the great amenities such as schools, transport, beach and shops.
Craigie Leisure Centre is a huge draw even from surrounding suburbs with it’s top gym facilities and two heated olympic sized swimming pools. Building in Craigie will give you the option to be close to private schools like for example Hillarys Sacred Heart College or St Mark’s Anglican Community School – or you can take advantage of being in the catchment areas of Craigie Heights Primary School and the widely popular Beldrige Secondary College.
The closest beach would be Mullalooo, less than 6km away from the centre of Craigie. Likewise Westfield Whitford City is less than 3km way – with freeway access and Whitfords trainstation bordering the suburb to the south.
As you can tell – this is a great place to start and land is becoming increasingly available due to demo/subdivide projects. Recently I’ve been able to get a 3×2 with study package for just over $500,000 – or $500p/w (based on a 90% loan over 30 years at current interest rates).
Beach still in reach
Lots available due to subdivisions
Current House & Land Packages
Morley is an amazing address for you to start your family life. Most people living in Morley are in fact families and since Morley knows its own people, the council has put extra effort into its infrastructure to suit the family lifestyle. Blocks are huge in size and streets are wide, which gives the whole suburb an incredibly friendly vibe.
You’ll find tons and tons of playgrounds all over the suburbs and an incredible amount of cul-de-sacs, which make Morley an incredibly save environment for young children. Thanks to the vast Shopping Galleria Centre (which, if you didn’t know already, is the 2nd biggest shopping centre Perth has to offer) all your shopping needs will be fulfilled, without needing to drive anywhere – A real time saver right there.
And if you’re looking for the right school for your kids, Morley boasts a great variety of schools for them: The local schools include several primary options and for the older ones, there’s the Hampton Senior High and John Forrest Secondary College.
10 Minutes to City
Great for families
Convenient for shopping
Harrisdale Is a personal favorite of mine – and you know I mean it when you learn I decided to build in Harrisdale myself!
For me, Harrisdale is another great spot that combines the tranquility and peacefulness that you need to relax after a hard day of work while still being close enough to the city to not make the daily commute a painful experience. There’s a couple of estates in this ever growing suburb, with my two favorites being Heron Park and Harrisdale Green. Heron Park has been one of the top 5 selling estates in Western Australia over the past two years, and rightfully so. It’s perfectly designed and conveniently located right next to the $51 million Harrisdale Shopping Centre (which includes an Aldi with a liquor section – how’s that for a money saver?).
And best of all, 2017 has seen the opening of the $61 million Harrisdale High School, a state of the art High School that has people lining up to get their kids registered. It’s also right next to City of Armadale’s new playing fields and sports pavilion and of course a $15 million Primary School. That’s plenty of opportunity right there.
Great New High School
Peaceful Nature Surroundings
Huge Shopping Centre
If you ever wanted to live the prototypical modern Australian life, then Baldivis is for you. 10 km inland from Rockingham, this suburb boasts a dozen different residential estates. Again, this one is amazing for families: You’ve got countless entertainment offers for the kids – Trampolines, playgrounds, basketball hoops and more, while having a ton of shops and services available in close proximity.
With the interest in families, it makes sense that Baldivis is also a great spot to send your kids to school: You have the newly opened Baldivis Secondary College, that boasts a very impressive architecture and will be a great environment for your kids to grow and learn for sure! There’s also the Baldivis Primary School, Settlers Primary School and Tranby College, so there’s definitely no shortage in options for your kids. Shopping needs are fulfilled by the ever-expanding shopping precinct Baldivis Town Centre and the and the new Stockland Shopping Centre: You’ll find all kinds of shops there and of course some great places to go for a coffee!
If you want to take public transport, there’s a bus into Rockingham from where you can take the train-it into Perth, or if you go by car, just take the Kwinana Freeway and be in Perth in 35 Min.
Lots of activities for kids
Only ten minutes tot the beach
Great new high school
And last but not least, I can’t leave Rockingham off this list. I know, some people think it’s too far away, but honestly: driving 40 minutes to be in Perth AND have these beautiful Rockingham beaches right at your doorstep? Sign me up.
The beach is definitely where it’s at in Rockingham – and there’s plenty to do as well: Go water-skiing, sailing, jet-skiing or beach volleyball to get the adrenaline going or just lay back and relax at one of the many public barbecue spots. Or how about visiting some dolphins, sea lions and penguins on penguin island? The kids are gonna love it for sure.
Rockingham is one of WA’s fastest-growing residential areas, so it’s no surprise that there’s a huge Shopping Centre with plenty of stores to choose from. You also have a huge variety of primary and high schools for the kids, and if they so choose, they can even pick up a study at Murdoch University!
Public transport is running frequently and links Rockingham to Perth in no time – and best of all, it’s hassle free. What people living in Rockingham enjoy the most is the laid-back vibe that the city has to offer and no one I’ve spoken to so far was ever willing to give it up. 🙂
Still close enough to reach City in 40 mins
Choosing a place to build your home might be one of the toughest decisions when looking to build. Hopefully this guide could give you a few ideas about the best suburbs in Perth to build at a reasonable price! If an overview is not enough for you and you need more details, please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions and make use of my expertise in Perth – At no charge!